Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers Die in Afghanistan

7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Monday, October 03 2011 Oct 3, 2011 Monday, October 03, 2011 11:21:37 AM CDT October 03, 2011 in News

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Three Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood died Wednesday in Afghanistan of injuries suffered when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting route clearance. They were assigned to the 515th Engineer Company, 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood.

Bios on the fallen soldiers are as follows:

1st Lt. Ivan Lechowich: First Lieutenant Ivan Lechowich, 27, entered the United States Army in July 2009. He was commissioned an Engineer Officer through Delta Company, Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA in January 2010. He attended the Engineer Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO before being assigned to the 554th Engineer Battalion SAPPER Leader Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO as company executive officer for the Sapper Leader Course. In December 2010, he was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. After a short time on the battalion staff, he was assigned to the 515th SAPPER Company as a Platoon Leader and deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011. 

First Lieutenant Lechowich was killed in action on September 28, 2011 in Afghanistan as a result of an IED explosion during a route clearance mission. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the SAPPER Tab.Spc.

Steven E. Gutowski: Spc. Steven Gutowski , 24, entered the United States Army in December 2008. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as part of Charlie Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and graduated in April 2009. He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, in May 2009 to serve as a Combat Engineer in the 515th SAPPER Company. He deployed with the 515th SAPPER Company to Afghanistan in February 2011. 

Specialist Gutowski was killed in action on September 28th, 2011 in Afghanistan as a result of an IED explosion during a route clearance mission. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

Pfc. David Drake: Private First Class David Drake, 21, entered the United States Army in January 2011. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as part of Charlie Company, 31st Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and graduated in May 2011 before moving to the 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO to serve as a Combat Engineer in the 515th SAPPER Company in June 2011. He deployed with the 515th SAPPER Company to Afghanistan in July 2011. 

Private First Class Drake was killed in action on September 28th, 2011 in Afghanistan as a result of an IED explosion during a route clearance mission. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

 

 

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